NYFC president 1995-1998
Rie Schmidt teaches flute at the 92nd Street Y, the Bloomingdale School of Music, the Allen-Stevenson School in New York City, and the Suzuki Music School in Westport, Connecticut. In 1983, she gave her Carnegie Recital Hall debut as a winner of the Artists International Competition. Ms. Schmidt is a member of the Westchester Philharmonic and the American Symphony and has performed with the New York City Ballet Orchestra, the American Composers Orchestra, and many Broadway shows. She and her husband, guitarist Benjamin Verdery, concertize as a duo throughout the United States and Europe, and have recorded two CDs of music for flute and guitar. She is a founding member of Flute Force, a flute quartet, which has recorded on the CRI, VAI, and innova record labels. Her flute choir publications have been published by McGinnis and Marx and G. Schirmer.
A graduate of SUNY Purchase College Conservatory, Ms. Schmidt has received Suzuki flute certification from the East Tennessee Suzuki Flute Institute International, the Great Lakes Suzuki Flute Institute in Hamilton, Ontario, and Suzuki in the Berkshires in Williamstown, New York.